Opening of the Festival Maribor 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Union Hall at 7.30 pm


Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Cello Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Wq 171, H 436
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Hob I:6, "Le Matin"
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonia in G major, Wq 180, H 655
Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1


The opening concert of Festival Maribor 2016, which is thematically inspired by the child, will embark on the currents of the most youthful of artistic movements in music, the stormy Sturm und Drang. Both composers featured in the concert programme were enthralled by this movement - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the child of the famous Johann Sebastian Bach, practically forgotten by the concert stages, and the young Joseph Haydn. One of the leading English orchestras, Arcangelo, whose members are equally skilled in historically informed performance on period instruments as well as in modern repertoir interpretation, will mend the injustice done to the younger Bach and will under the direction of conductor Jonathan Cohen put the composer's innovative work under the limelight. This work had a crucial influence on the transition between the baroque period and classicism - his music expresses refined sensitivity, so-called empfindsamer Stil, which is a more subtle forerunner of the Sturm und Drang style of Joseph Haydn. Haydn's first cello concerto and one of his early symphonies, known as »Morning«, apart from the aforementioned styles also focus on the virtuosity of the baroque. All the contrasting accents of this varied era – virtuosity of ornamentation and intimate expressiveness – will be portrayed alongside the orchestra Arcangelo by the just as versatile and forceful young cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.